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chrismatory / casket

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  • Description

    Casket; silver-gilt; with steep lid ending in foliate cresting; four, later, bun feet; the long sides decorated with seven twin lancets; above on the lid in a lobed quatrefoil with, on one side, the arms of England dimidate and of France seme entire, on the other side, with the same arms repeated, but with a three-point label over all; each side decorated with three twin lancets and lobed trefoil with foliage within; traces of a tripartite division on the inside of the casket, suggesting it may have been used as a chrismatory; the present gilding 19th century.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1303-1308 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 70 millimetres
    • Width: 85 millimetres
    • Diameter: 44 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

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      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

        1272 Arms of Edmund Earl of Lancaster known as Crouchback, second son of King Henry III ob.1296
  • Curator's comments

    Text from Alexander & Binski 1987, see bibliography:
    'The dimidate arms with a common label must be those of Isabella, daughter of Philip IV of France, who was betrothed to Prince Edward (son of Edward I) in 1303. The marriage took place in 1308. The arms on the other side are those of Margaret, half-sister of Philip IV, who married Edward I in 1299. The casket was therefore probably a gift from Margaret to Isabella before or upon her marriage.

    See also:
    Walford, Some Remarks on a Casket at Goodrich Court, Archeological Journal, 1856, vol. xiii, pp134-138.


  • Bibliography

    • Marks & Payne 1978 no14 bibliographic details
    • Alexander & Binski 1987 no363 bibliographic details
    • Verdier et al 1972 no48 bibliographic details
    • Robinson 2008 p. 194 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G40/dc10/sB

  • Exhibition history

    2001 18 Jan-18 Mar, Leeds, Henry Moore Institute, Homes for the Soul: Micro-Architecture in Medieval & Contemporary Art
    1987-1988 6 Nov-6 Mar, London, Royal Academy of Arts, Age of Chivalry: Art in Plantagenet England 1200-1400
    1978 4 May-27 Aug, London, BM, Heraldry: British Heraldry from its origins to circa 1800
    1972, Ottawa, National Gallery of Art, 'Art and the Courts'

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  • Acquisition notes

    Collection, Astle Collection, Douce Collection, Dr. Ducarel 1779

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


COMPASS Title: Silver-gilt casket


COMPASS Title: Silver-gilt casket

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